(1940-1973) – American and Hong Kong actor, famous for his mastery of martial arts. With modest physical data, this man was able to achieve an extraordinary speed of movement, strength and sharpness.
Although he managed to do just 36 films, he became a legend, popularizing martial arts in Europe and America in the second half of the 20th century. About Bruce Lee filmed about 30 films, which claims in itself a record.
His death on the set was sudden and shocked all of Hong Kong. The actor’s path was chosen by Bruce’s son, Brandon. Mystically, the story repeated itself – he also died young on the set.
In October 1990 there was a special issue of the magazine “Inside Kung F”, entirely dedicated to Bruce Lee. In it, in particular, many myths about the famous actor are debunked.
The author of the article, John Stephen Soyet says that he was personally acquainted with Bruce, although not very close. With his own material, he tried to dispel all the fog that has developed around the famous actor over the decades.
Bruce Lee was born in Hong Kong, and died on set in America.
Actually, the future actor was born November 27, 1940 in the Chinese hospital of San Francisco. There’s a birth certificate and put the name Bruce Lee. His mother always wanted him to return to America. And death occurred during the filming of the movie “The Death Game” just in Hong Kong.
Bruce Lee grew up in a poor family
Bruce’s father was the actor of the Chinese opera Lee Hoi Chen, and the mother of half-year-old half-Chinese Grace Lee. the family was not poor – my father rented out a few apartments in the city, but he spent all his money on friends and women, not on children.As a result, the whole family, their servants and the dog slept in one big room, ate all at the same big table. However, such comfort for many Chinese people who were in huts, would have appeared The father, who did not give the children any money in principle, suddenly agreed to pay Bruce for his kung-fu lessons. “Bruce Lee’s technique was not military, it was based only on theory and private practice, but he never seriously fought.” in fact, Bruce never escaped fighting in his life.This myth was born from the statements of some tournament fighters who claimed that the actor had never taken part in it, but he himself claims that in the 60s such competitions were low-contact or without it at all , take y astie in such competitions was like to shoot at bottles of empty pistol. Bruce Lee paid much more attention to personal training. In addition, he grew up in the brutal streets of Hong Kong and was literally a veteran of many street fights, while many of today’s champions easily admit that they never were in real combat. Particularly surprised by some tournament fighters who idolized Bruce while he was alive, and now claim their fighting advantage over him and mythical victories.
Bruce Lee began to study Jeet Kune-Do after being beaten by his rival instructor.
Eyewitnesses mention a slightly different version of the development of events. Bruce’s teacher was Master Yip Man, who taught that classical Chinese kung fu should not become famous for foreigners. However, the future actor opened his school in the United States, in which he taught Americans how to. In 1965, Li returned to Hong Kong to finish his studies. However, the master refused to convey the secrets of single combat to his student completely. In the course of one of the battles, moreover, he was unable to defeat his opponent, since he managed to keep the distance. Then Bruce Lee realized that he should not be attached to any one style of combat, since this would significantly limit it. Then the concept of a new kind of martial art appeared. In fact, the techniques of Jeet Kun-Do were based on the techniques of Wing Chun, combining karate and taekwondo, including elements of boxing and judo.The theories that Bruce Lee laid out in the press and books were basically a mixture of Wing Chun theories and Chinese Taoist philosophers with Western boxing and judo.
Dan Inosanto became a follower of Bruce Lee after he beat him.
In 1964, a training game between Bruce and Dan took place in California. Inosanto struck a blow, which the judge simply did not notice. After the match, Bruce Lee approached his opponent and admitted: “The blow really was, your hands are too quick for the judges’ eyes, he just did not have time to notice the movements.” Later, Ed Parker, the famous American martial arts propagandist, appointed Dan responsible for admitting Bruce to Los Angeles, a big friendship has begun.Ten nowadays, Inosanto is considered not only a friend of the actor, but also his disciple, a follower recognized by the world expert in jeet kun-do.
Bruce Lee taught the technique of kicking feet by Chuck Norris
Back in 1964 Bruce he demonstrated his incredible arsenal of kicks with his feet, which was recorded on the film, and this happened before the meeting with Chuck.Now any expert in martial arts, comparing the technique of these two fighters, will be able to tell that Chuck’s technique is obviously of Korean origin, where the blow comes from This is not surprising, because the actor for a long time served in South Korea, starting there to study martial arts, while the work of Bruce Lee’s legs is carried out according to Chinese methods.
The author of Dao Jeet Kun became Bruce Lee.
Back in 1967, Bruce said in an interview that he would like to write a book about his art called “Dao Jeet Kun-Do.” In subsequent years, Lee’s attention was taken on other things, eventually he even announced the rejection of the idea of writing such It was conceptually impossible to create such a work, it would be something formless and would not have the right to be called Tao .After the death of the actor, his publisher, who in the early years of his career acquired unlimited rights to use the materials and photographs of the actor, a certain selection. Bruce Lee was listed as the second one, which was expected to increase the circulation.Some of the chapters were directly copied from other texts, personal notes were also used.This approach does not justify Bruce Lee as the author of this Tao. To make the actor look more spectacular , the filmmakers intentionally accelerated the video with him. “In reality, it was quite the opposite.” Bruce Lee was so fast that when he shot the camera, he sometimes became one spot. Therefore, the directors had to slow down their movements with the help of technical means. In a second, more frames were taken, resulting in slower action during playback. In a second 32 frames were shot, and only 24 were shown. The rumor that the camera had to be accelerated and gave rise to such a myth – people thought that the artificially accelerated action.
Bruce Lee liked cannabis, dying as a result of a drug overdose.
This myth came from Albert Goldman’s article in the 1983 Penthouse magazine. There, the author directly accuses Bruce of being addicted to Nepalese hashish resin, which eventually killed him. The source of this statement was two telephone conversations, with Bob Wall and actor Charles Langford. Bob said that he somehow argued with Bruce about the benefits of a couple glasses of wine, which will help to relax. At the time, Li himself was fascinated by Playboy’s article about the relaxing effect of hashish. But since he himself did not drink, and did not smoke, he took hemp cookies. Bruce himself also mentioned that he chewed the root of cannabis. However, none of his friends saw the actor in an inadequate condition. Attributed to him by Goldman nervousness and hysteria in fact in memories was only theatricality. Langford himself doubts that the cause of death was the reaction to the drug, in his opinion, guilty is just marijuana. As for the addiction to heavy drugs, the actor, who has considerable capital, could easily afford opium, and the sphere of show business would have reacted to this with understanding.But Bruce chose a practical means to reduce the exorbitant pressure on his personality. Goldman also wrote biographies of John Lennon and Elvis Presley. In all cases, his works showed rather not described heroes, but the personality of the writer himself, who simply despised the popular heroes, trying in every possible way to lick them in the mud, without checking the facts and scraping the words.
Bruce was impulsive and hot, thinking only of himself.
Bruce’s hot temper is a fact, but at the same time he was able to feel and help others in the field of self-esteem. The actor has always tried to take part in the problems of others. It is said that thanks to him the cheerfulness of the spirit was rising, he always stressed the strengths of the interlocutor. After a conversation with Bruce, his friends always noted a burst of energy. He was a support for the weak and despised hooligans and bandits.
If all the rumors were false, Linda Lee would have filed a lawsuit for a long time.
It’s true, the court system itself is hindering the actor’s honor. When relatives of Bruce tried to sue, they were denied this because the dead person can not be the object of slander. So that. Whether we agree or not, legitimately the most unthinkable rumors about Bruce Lee will arise again and again.
Bruce Lee was killed.
The sudden death of the actor immediately gave birth to a lot of myths. He said that he was killed by the mafia, for refusing to obey. The fact that he was beaten by 12 bandits and the fact that the actor’s curse has ruined the secret of kung fu for Europeans. In fact, it’s enough to look at the facts. In the last two years of his life, Bruce has experienced tremendous overload and pressure and spent a lot of energy. It was not easy to conduct fights in conditions of heat and humidity, and many duplicates were required. In addition, Bruce was engaged in script and direction. He constantly thought about where to move on. The tension was added and fame coupled with the interest of the press. Bruce was exploited not only by advertisers and producers, but also by old friends, long-lost relatives. Too many people saw in the actor only a source of money. As a result, Bruce Lee began to suffer from epilepsy and complain about headaches. In the last days of his life he stopped training and laughing. The cause of death according to the official version was increased sensitivity to drugs, which caused cerebral edema. So the natural, sudden death is quite obvious. A month before, a mirror man fell from the roof of Bruce’s home in Hong Kong, who, according to the belief, drove away trouble from him.
Bruce Lee betrayed his wife.
This myth was born from the fact that the ill-fated tablet was taken by the actor in Betty Ting Pei’s room, falling asleep forever. Fans quickly began to blame her for all sins. However, she had absolutely nothing to do with it – Bruce was faithful to his wife and was not interested in other women. Separated only a couple of movies and kung fu. Bruce Lee, then unknown to anyone, met with Linda Emery at Garfield School, where the Chinaman had taught at one time. A few months later, Bruce decided to marry a seventeen-year-old blonde. Her parents were categorically opposed, but this only sped up the marriage. In it the son Brandon and daughter Shannon were born.